How to find time to get fit? As we are all busy and constantly working, and always on the run,we do not get much chance to do our regular exercise. By the end of the day we are all exhausted.
But,the good news is,if you do have a dog,you can use its companion to exercise along with your pet. How?
If you live in a building(where tenants do not have a problem with pets),you can exercise stair climbing along with your dog.
A few times up and down helps get our hearts beating faster and burning a few calories more.
If you live near the beach,or you are on vacation,you can use this situation for both of you.The dogs absolutely love the sand and running around. You can run,pick a drift,toss it and play with them.It is so much fun.
The best is, when you toss it to the water and seeing them liking the swim.You too,don’t you? You give him (and yourself) plenty of exercise by fetching and fighting over the driftwood.
Your dog can’t do abs with you, but you can do abs with your dog — right in your own home. Set yourself up in an area of the house that’s open enough for your dog to run.
When you ready to start, just grab a ball or it’s favorite toy(I have plenty of them), throw it ,so your dog can chase it. After he fetches the ball, he brings the ball back for another round.You can definitely get in several reps of abs before your dogs tires out — if that happens.
Walk In The Neighborhood
Well,this is my favorite thing to do.Since I get up early,first thing to do-I take my dog for a morning walk.There is nothing refreshing and awakening like a fresh morning breeze.My dog is enjoying the silence of the morning along with me.
The same thing happens when i return from work. Hugging first,then lunch,then resting and after a while,neighborhood late afternoon walk.Another set of full sense enjoyment for both.
Running the Streets
Well,I must say,we always do this on our way back home from neighborhood walk.The dog is unleashed (no traffic at all) and we chase each other on our way home.To tell you the truth,we both are exhausted by running.But we feel happy and refreshed!
When it’s cold outside, no one wants to walk the dog too far. First, because it’s cold,and second, there’s usually salt on the ground, which can cut the soft pads of dogs paws.
During the winter months, try putting your dog on the treadmill if you have one at home to keep it active. You do your routine first and when you’re done, put the dog on it, for a short walk.
As your pet becomes more comfortable on the treadmill, you can increase the speed. Whatever you do, do not tie the leash to the treadmill. Let the dog walk freely or hold the leash yourself.
While biking, you can hop and hold the dog’s leash. The speed at which you can bike will depend on what kind of dog you have ,big or small.You should always start slow, to see how your pet reacts. Remember to bring plenty of water since this kind of exercise will give your dog a serious workout, and it will need to stay hydrated.
Another tip — if it’s hot outside, don’t push your dog too much. In fact, if the temperature is above 75-80 degrees, I wouldn’t take my dog out to exercise at all. Do indoor activities or find a shady spot so neither of you overheat or get sunburned.
Be as careful to protect your pet in the sun ,as you would protect yourself!